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Here's How Trump Handed Bashar al-Assad Victory in Syria

GAZIANTEP, Turkey-After eight years of Syrian civil war, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, and the displacement of half the Syrian population, U.S. President Donald J. Trump's decisions have created conditions for Bashar al-Assad's regime to re-assert control over nearly one-third of the country that had been outside its grip since 2012. Far from reining in U.S. adversaries, Trump's presidency will likely be remembered as one through which Assad, this century's greatest mass murderer, managed finally to claw his way back to a position of undisputed authority. Trump Just Enlisted America in a New Axis of EvilThis is the way that's playing out on the ground in what is,...

George Conway: Trump
George Conway: Trump's Syria decision is a 'colossal geopolitical blunder of historic significance'

George Conway, husband to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, blasted the Trump, and also called out GOP lawmakers who didn't mention the president in their critiques

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Trump: Let 'Napoleon Bonaparte' rescue Kurds

Donald Trump suggested Monday that Syria's formerly US-allied Kurds could look to 19th century French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte for protection after the US president ordered the departure of nearly 1,000 US troops from the country. Turkey was threatening to invade northeastern Syria after launching a military assault on the Kurds last week, leaving more than 300 dead on both sides and sending 160,000 refugees fleeing. "Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte.

Water Finds Its Level as Fox News Hires Dictator-Loving, Deep State-Loathing John Solomon
Water Finds Its Level as Fox News Hires Dictator-Loving, Deep State-Loathing John Solomon

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOver the weekend, Fox News announced that it had made a new hire: John Solomon, the self-proclaimed journalist at the heart of the unfolding scandal involving Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani, and the impending impeachment of Donald Trump. It's not hard to see why Fox executives may have wanted to bring him aboard. Solomon's work has underpinned the entire cascade of lies the White House and Trump in particular have pushed over the past few weeks. Solomon's writings-including those most recently at The Hill, where he worked until last month-are drenched in innuendo and mischaracterizations, all in service of attacking Trump's political opponents. Solomon...

UPDATE 1-Erdogan says Turkish-led offensive to extend further along Syrian border

Turkey's incursion into Syria will stretch from Kobani in the west to Hasaka in the east, going some 30 km (19 miles) into Syrian territory, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, and the town of Ras al Ain was already under Turkish control. Addressing a news conference in Istanbul, Erdogan said the Turkish-led forces had also besieged the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, west of Ras al Ain, in its fight against the YPG Kurdish militia, which Ankara says is a terrorist organisation. "We focused first on the 120-km (75-mile) area between Ras al Ain and Tel Abyad.

A Real Threat: Why Russia
A Real Threat: Why Russia's Air Force Should Be Taken Seriously

And why countries love to buy them.

Ex-Trump aide Manafort not shielded by earlier conviction for similar crimes: N.Y. prosecutors
Ex-Trump aide Manafort not shielded by earlier conviction for similar crimes: N.Y. prosecutors

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort must face mortgage fraud charges against him in New York, even though he is already serving a prison sentence after being convicted of similar federal crimes, New York state prosecutors said on Wednesday. Manafort's lawyers had sought to dismiss the state charges in September, arguing that they subjected him to illegal double jeopardy, or prosecution of a person twice for the same offense. "We continue to believe that the indictment should be dismissed in its entirety for the reasons stated in our motion," said Todd Blanche, a lawyer for Manafort.

Turkey attacks Syria: Trump didn
Turkey attacks Syria: Trump didn't have to withdraw troops to fulfill campaign promises

The cost to the United States was small. The president could have maintained the status quo without hurting himself politically.

Second suspect nabbed in fatal shooting of Joshua Brown, key witness in trial of Dallas cop Amber Guyger
Second suspect nabbed in fatal shooting of Joshua Brown, key witness in trial of Dallas cop Amber Guyger

Two suspects in the death of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the Botham Jean murder trial, have been arrested.

Killing of student critic sparks protests in Bangladesh
Killing of student critic sparks protests in Bangladesh

Police in Bangladesh were investigating the killing of a student at a university dormitory allegedly by student activists loyal to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after he criticized a recent water-sharing deal with India. Last weekend's killing has sparked protests at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka. Police have arrested at least 11 students for their alleged involvement, said police spokesman Masudur Rahman.

House Gets FBI Interviews From Mueller Probe: Impeachment Update
House Gets FBI Interviews From Mueller Probe: Impeachment Update

(Bloomberg) -- The Justice Department said it's turned over to the House Judiciary Committees FBI reports on interviews of 17 people in response to a court order to produce still-secret materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.Here are the latest developments:House Gets FBI Interviews From Mueller Probe (8:34 p.m.)The Justice Department said it has handed over FBI interview notes on the following people: Chris Christie, Michael Cohen; Rick Dearborn; Uttam Dhillon; John Kelly; Jared Kushner; Cory Lewandowski; Paul Manafort; Mary McCord; K.T. McFarland ; Stephen Miller; Rob Porter; Rod Rosenstein; Christopher Ruddy; Sarah Sanders; Sean Spicer; and Sally Yates.The Justice...

Tens of thousands of Syrian fighters mobilised by Turkey
Tens of thousands of Syrian fighters mobilised by Turkey

Akçakale (Turkey) (AFP) - Tens of thousands of Syrian proxy fighters have been mobilised to take part in a Turkish offensive that appeared imminent on Wednesday against Kurdish forces in Syria, a spokesman said. Turkey is preparing for an assault on Kurdish forces it brands terrorists after US President Donald Trump announced he was pulling back US troops, despite growing international concern over regional stability. The Syrian fighters, most of them from northwestern areas controlled by Turkey since previous offensives in 2016 and 2018, were gathered in a former refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Akcakale.

See Photos of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
See Photos of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

This One Problem Makes Russia
This One Problem Makes Russia's Stealth Drone Not Very Stealthy

It's engine is too big and oddly-shaped.

North Korea breaks off nuclear talks with U.S. in Sweden
North Korea breaks off nuclear talks with U.S. in Sweden

Working-level nuclear talks in Sweden between officials from Pyongyang and Washington have broken off, North Korea's top negotiator said late on Saturday, dashing prospects for an end to months of stalemate. The talks, at an isolated conference center on the outskirts of Stockholm, were the first such formal discussion since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and agreed to restart negotiations that stalled after a failed summit in Vietnam in February.

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There's now a sexy college admissions scandal Halloween costume, because of course there is

The $69.95 "College Scandal Costume" features a crop top with "Mom of the Year" printed across the front, crossed out and replaced with "INMATE."

Cool air to usher in 1st frost of season in parts of the northeastern US this weekend
Cool air to usher in 1st frost of season in parts of the northeastern US this weekend

As cooler air settles over the Northeast into the weekend, some areas will go from experiencing record heat to the first frost of the season in the span of just a few days.Summer's last hurrah left its mark in the record books across the region during the first two days of October. Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City are among the cities that experienced their hottest October days on record at midweek, as temperatures soared into the middle and upper 90s F."When comparing highs from the peak of the heat this week to the late-night and early-morning lows this weekend, some locations will experience a 50-degree-Fahrenheit swing," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex...


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